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October 27, 2009 | Maeve Reston
A proposed smoking ban in outdoor dining areas is back before the City Council after months of deliberation. Introduced in mid-2008, the ordinance would bar customers from lighting up within a 10-foot radius of outdoor seating areas at restaurants and food courts. Under the current draft, smoking would also be prohibited within a 40-foot radius of mobile food trucks and refreshment kiosks. The rules would exempt bars, nightclubs for the 18-and-older crowd, and venues closed to the public for private events.
September 11, 2008 | David Zahniser
The City Council voted Wednesday to ban smoking in farmers markets, saying such behavior is inappropriate in places where customers buy fresh produce. The measure was written by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who argued that city officials have been promoting the health benefits of farmers markets and that smoking in such locations undermines that message. Greuel said most farmers markets are small enough that smokers can walk away if they need to light up. Councilman Bill Rosendahl voiced doubts about the measure, saying it potentially "infringes on people's rights," but he voted for it. Los Angeles has already banned smoking on beaches and in parks.
The historic Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park has begun a $10-million renovation and expansion of its Mediterranean-style clubhouse. The expansion and interior remodeling, which will include the addition of a red clay tile roof with broad eaves, arched openings and iron railings, is aimed at recapturing the character of the original building. The project was designed by Los Angeles architect Scott Johnson of Johnson Fain Partners.
April 13, 1996 | JOHN POPE
A group of business owners in Little Saigon voted this week to tax themselves as much as $3 million to pay for a 500-foot pedestrian bridge across Bolsa Avenue. The City Council certified the election results, which will allow the city to issue bonds to finance the bridge. The money would then be paid back by additional property taxes from the business owners over 40 years until the debt is retired. No public money is involved in the project, city officials said.
September 27, 1996 | JOHN POPE
The city will be able to hire an additional police officer for its spruced-up downtown area when Brea gets its share of a $100-million state program to boost local law enforcement. The city's $81,000 grant will also pay for augmented bicycle patrols, city officials said. Mayor Burnie Dunlap said the city will use the state money to create a storefront annex for police on Birch Street.
October 19, 1996
A federal District Court judge has upheld two Santa Monica laws restricting panhandling that were challenged as unconstitutional, city officials said Friday. In a Sept. 30 decision, Judge William D. Keller ruled that the laws legally protected people in public places from fear and intimidation. A lawsuit filed on behalf of six homeless people argued that the laws criminalized indigents and forced the homeless to leave the city.
October 5, 2012
With the most coveted location at the beach, steps from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier, restaurants and world-famous shopping, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel serves up the very best Southern California has to offer. The resort's signature Ocean & Vine restaurant with Sushi at Sunset sushi and sake bar, features Chef Keith Roberts' creative California farm-to-table cuisine. Locally caught seafood and fresh produce inspire the creative dishes presented in indoor or outdoor dining areas with breathtaking views . In the eco-friendly Ocean Spa, guests unwind in one of four calming rooms for body and facial treatments.
May 6, 1994 | MIMI KO
Downtown restaurants that use sidewalks as outdoor dining areas soon may be required to pay a fee. The City Council, in its capacity as the Redevelopment Agency, this week gave preliminary approval for the new fee on a 4-1 vote. Councilwoman Julie Sa voted against it. She said she did not want the struggling downtown restaurant owners to have to pay new taxes or fees. The rest of the council said the fee will give the city some control over the use of public property for private benefit.
March 4, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The L.A. City Council is expected vote Tuesday on a proposal to treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes and prohibit them in nearly every workplace and many outdoor spaces. Lobbyists for the e-cigarette industry have been pushing back, and want to secure exemptions for establishments where "vaping" -- taking a drag of flavored nicotine vapor from an e-cigarette -- is increasingly popular. Backers of the battery-powered e-cigarettes portray them as a godsend for those looking to quit conventional smoking.
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